Hey proud Kinect owners: Looking for something new and different to do with your Kinect this weekend? Deca Sports Freedom (360, $39.99) is in stores.
Of course, we've seen these types of sports compilations before. So if you're skeptical about Deca Sports Freedom, and worry that it's more of the same-old that we've seen before, that's understandable. The Sports Gamer, as you know, strongly supports a bit of skepticism when it comes to these types of games.
Here's a break down of what's on the disc:
-Ten controller-free simulations of various sports--and sports-related--activities.
-A list of those sports: Tennis, Boxing, Figure Skating, Mogul Skiing, Snowboard Cross, Paintball, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Kendo, and Dodge Ball.
-The big differences (besides the whole you-are-the-controller thing): Each game stars your user-created avatar. Also: You can establish your world dominance in, say, Archery, by taking your game online and competing against "DECAthletes" around the world. Which is pretty cool.
-Best games: Archery and Figure Skating.
-Worst games: Paintball and Dodgeball.
The Bottom Line: While the variety of sports is certainly appealing, the execution here leaves a lot to be desired. The Sports Gamer's biggest issue is the lack of control. For some inexplicable reason, the Kinect cameras only seemed to register about half of my movements during gameplay. This is especially glaring during Dodgeball, a game that the Sports Gamer once ruled at. Most of the time, my onscreen avatar just stood there looking like he was busy trying to figure out what he was going to have for lunch instead of engaging in a lively game of D. Ball.
Overall, this is one of the least appealing Kinect-centric titles that the Sports Gamer has seen since the Kinect's launch. Advice: Go play Kinect Sports instead. It's a better game.